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Foot stuck in clipless pedals

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by JBGooner, 8 Oct 2012.

  1. JBGooner

    JBGooner Active Member

    Getting back into cycling after a decade or so break and treating myself to a nice bike I thought would upgrade to clipless pedals. I got the Shimano 530s and a pair of Vittoria MTB shoes and on my first attempt after a few minutes in the park I fell over. D'oh! This happens to everyone I thought, so after dusting myself down I tried again and fell over again. The second time my foot was still stuck to the pedals as I was lying on the path and I had to take my foot out of the shoe before levering the shoe off the pedal.
    After a couple of weeks I tried again, being careful to clip in only one foot at a time. Most of the time this was successful and I thought I was really going to enjoy this clipping in business but then my foot got stuck and only got unclipped after a good deal with to-ing and fro-ing. This happened with both feet. A lot of the time I would clip and unclip easily but sometimes the shoe just jammed on and I don't think I was doing anything differently.
    Does anyone know whats going on here? A duff pair of trainers and/or pedals?
  2. smokeysmoo

    smokeysmoo Jaffa Cake Apprentice

    Location:
    Bolton, Lancashire
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    Adjust the tension at the pedal, it sounds like it's too tight to me.

    If that doesn't help, (as you say it releases fine sometimes), then perhaps you have got a dicky mechanism, but it'd be unusual IME.

    Who fitted the cleats and you sure they are correctly postioned, just a thought but may have no significance.

    :welcome:to CC by the way :thumbsup:
  3. I found I wasn't adjusting both sides of the double sided pedals at the same rate, so sometimes I'd slip out and other times I'd struggle to get free!
  4. Pennine-Paul

    Pennine-Paul Goth on a bike............

    I find new pedals and cleats a bit tight sometimes,
    once the edges of the cleats are a bit worn they work much better
  5. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Über Member

    Don't want to sound patronising, but you are twisting your heel away from the bike to unclip rather than trying brute force aren't you?
  6. JBGooner

    JBGooner Active Member

    I recall trying about every which way but heel twist away was the first!
  7. JBGooner

    JBGooner Active Member

    Cheers!

    I didn't even know tension on the pedals could be adjusted, they were fitted at the shop :blush: . Would you know how to go about adjusting it? (altho. I guess with a common pedal like that, should be online somewhere.)

    I fitted the cleats myself and I recall that they might be closer to one side than the other, I wonder if that had anything to do with it. Another thought was that I was pedalling around with the pedals in normal trainers for a while I wonder if I might have damaged them.
  8. TonyEnjoyD

    TonyEnjoyD Über Member

    Back the tension right off then back onto the first notch/click (very small Allen key)
    If your cleats are recessed, make sure there's enough clearance to twist your foot out, if the front of the cleat is too close to the side of the recess you can clip in but a beggar to get out.
  9. SimonJKH

    SimonJKH Brown Jenkin

    Location:
    Ipswich
    Always unclip when your foot is at the lowest point. After a couple of falls myself, I've learnt this pretty well.
  10. ColinJ

    ColinJ 19,770+ posts

    Ha ha - that reminds me of something that happened earlier this year...

    I had put new SPD pedals on my bike before heading up to Lancaster for Ajay's South Lakes forum ride. We set off and all was well until we came to a steep little climb on which I got distanced. Eventually, I decided that I'd be quicker walking and went to dismount but my right foot was stuck! I almost toppled to the right but managed to lean to the left and get my other foot down.

    I staggered up the hill with my right foot still stuck in the pedal*** until the gradient eased and I could start riding again. I eventually caught up with Ajay and the other riders and asked Ajay to take hold of my heel and unclip my foot for me.

    Once Ajay had got my foot out of the pedal, I was able to lower the tension to its minimum level, which is how I always like to set it.

    The pedals are double-sided with a release tension screw for each side. It turned out that I had only slackened off 3 of the 4 screws so one side of the right-hand pedal was way too tight. The first few times I'd clipped in and out, I'd randomly found the slack side, but then I got stuck on the tight side.


    *** I told this story to a friend and he asked me why I didn't just take my foot out of the shoe and unclip it myself ... The truth is - it never occurred to me to do that - D'oh! :wacko:
  11. smokeysmoo

    smokeysmoo Jaffa Cake Apprentice

    Location:
    Bolton, Lancashire
    Full instructions for your set up can be found HERE :thumbsup:
  12. Saluki

    Saluki Space turnip, trying for space parsnip.

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    My husband has brand new pedals and he took them out for a ride today (the bike went too obviously) and he hadn't tweaked the screws at all. We got to a busy set of traffic lights where I stopped and put a foot down. Hubby arrived just after me and promptly fell off. Bike is OK, which is a good thing as he only collected it from our LBS half an hour earlier. A couple of nice pensioners came along to help. I was useless as I got a fit of the giggles. Tensioning screws are now all loosened off.
  13. JBGooner

    JBGooner Active Member

    Terrific, cheers! :smile:
  14. jonny jeez

    jonny jeez Veteran

    sounds like it could be a loose cleat. check all the screws and washers are fitted correctly. My only clipless moment was as a result of a loose cleat (actually as the result of fitting one washer upside down and thus not allowing the cleat to tighten)
  15. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    Location:
    Oxfordshire
    Did you also know that Shimano make a sort of easy-release "beginners" cleat that's a little more forgiving? Look here
  16. JBGooner

    JBGooner Active Member

    Well, on the weekend I adjusted the tensioning screws, checked and adjusted the cleats and took the bike out for a practice in the park - it worked! I clipped in easily and out easily. Out on the road I felt I'd never been faster up the hills (but that was probably finally raising the saddle :rolleyes:) Great day cycling, repeated on Sunday until about 10 minutes from home my foot got stuck/forgot to unclip and I toppled over again, causing more pain than embarrassment.

    I dunno, I enjoyed riding clipped-in but I don't fancy falling over once a weekend :sad: I'll give it one more try but if I'm such a plonka I forget too unclip, on ebay they go (although maybe I'll try those beginner cleats ... )
  17. Ian H

    Ian H Über Member

    After a while it becomes automatic. I'm hardly aware of unclipping now, it's just putting a foot down. Much easier than the old days of shoe-plates and clips.
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  18. Pedrosanchezo

    Pedrosanchezo Über Member

    Maybe just me but as soon as i fit new pedals, or replace worn cleats, i try clipping in and out until i get the release tension just right. That way when i go out for a ride there are no surprises. They also do take a few rides to wear in a bit. I have just fitted another set of look Keo cleats to the road bike and they are noticeably tighter.
  19. Fubar

    Fubar Intrepid Leader

    Location:
    Dunfermline, Fife
    When I started with clipless pedals after a couple of "moments" I decided to unclip everytime I pulled the rear brake level so on the off chance I needed to stop I had a free foot - now I'm a bit more experienced I can pick and choose when to unclip, it does take time to get used to them probably longer than anyone would admit!
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